Alaska Nurse-Family Partnership

Anchorage nurses help get young families off to a healthy start

2016MLA-Alaska-Nurse-FamilyNurses in Anchorage, Alaska, are making in-home visits to vulnerable first-time moms and their children to help ensure the women have healthy pregnancies and their children receive essential health services from birth to age 2. The Nurse-Family Partnership is a great example of how Providence Health & Services is working to create healthier communities.

Besides providing vital care during the children’s early development stages, the partnership helps build relationships between impoverished families and Providence caregivers. The trusting relationships built with our nurses give these mothers knowledge, skills and confidence to achieve better lives for their families.

The program launched in early 2013 and has served more than 200 first-time moms who live in poverty. Here are some of the positive results of the partnership:

  • 95 percent of women breastfed at birth (the national average is 83.4 percent).
  • 100 percent of children were up to date on immunization at 2 years old.
  • 66.7 percent women who reported using tobacco at enrollment, stopped or decreased tobacco use at 36 weeks gestation.
  • 88 percent of women in the program received a recommended postpartum checkup.
  • 100 percent of all parents received education on injury prevention, and only 1.4 percent
  • of children had injuries requiring treatment during 2014.
  • 87.5 percent of women and infants who did not have insurance at intake, had coverage when the child was 6 months old.
  • 81.3 percent of women whose children reached the age of 12 months improved their income level.
  • 96.6 percent of women whose children reached the age of 12 months improved their education level.
  • 100 percent of clients who were identified to be at risk for domestic violence received a referral for services and created a safety plan.

Providence works with community partners, including the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center and the local offices of the Women, Infants & Children Program, to reach out to low-income women who might be eligible for the program. Once enrolled, a woman is assigned a nurse, who works with her to set up a visitation schedule, identify her unique needs and determine care and education priorities.

Through the compassionate care of our nurses, we are helping to transform the lives of some of Alaska’s most vulnerable people.